ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 19, 1969
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(Studio) Navy inquiry into Pueblo affair raises serious questions about military code of conduct. Code built on customary tradition that doesn't have anything to do with modern psychological warfare.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Congress receives flood of mail protesting Navy treatment of case. Congress Jonathan Bingham says code outdated. Bingham asks Nixon to liberalize code by executive order or for Congress to update code. [BINGHAM - feels that when signing propaganda statement of enemy, would ruin effectiveness of confession if military allowed men to do so.] [Gin. Maxwell TAYLOR - declares code is sort of 10 commandments. Men should try to observe code.] [BINGHAM - says when pressure sufficient, few can resist it.] [TAYLOR - hopes code isn't outdated. Men should come back with victory oil their shields.]
REPORTER: Bill Downs
(South Vietnam) 900 Americans held in North Vietnam prisoners of war camps. Hanoi blares confessions on radio. [Former Ambassador Averell HARRIMAN - thinks code contradiction; doesn't deal with psychological aspects.] [Former Naval Operations Chief Arleigh BURKE - feels any man can be broken. Mil. could tell men they can say anything they want, hoping they wouldn't. Nothing between that idea and code.] Unfair to expect man to give up life for country
REPORTER: Bill Downs
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